A minimum of 64 UCAS points
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop creative design skills and innovative practice in the development of proposals of domestic and amenity landscape design.
Students will also develop an understanding of historic garden conservation and management and approaches to historic garden restoration. Underpinning this is the development of skills in technical drawing, Computer Aided Design (CAD) horticultural management and business development.
Full-time: 2 years
The second year of study develops your professional skills in project and contract management and contemporary design. Computer Aided Design (CAD) and digital design technology is studied in our well-equipped Professional Design Studio. Knowledge of the subjects along with a focus on sustainable design solutions will equip you with professional skills and knowledge for a career as a garden designer or progression to landscape design and management.
The course features:
- Participate in real projects including RHS Tatton Flower Show
- Direct learning from the industry through guest speakers, site visits and study tours
- Study in our stunning landscape grounds around an original 17th century manor house
- European study tours and visits to historic and contemporary gardens
- Drawing suites.
What will I study?
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop creative design skills and innovative practice in the development of proposals of domestic and amenity landscape design. Students will also develop an understanding of historic garden conservation and management and approaches to historic garden restoration. Underpinning this is the development of skills in technical drawing, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and business development.
Study at level 5 develops your professional skills in project and contract management and contemporary design. Knowledge of the subjects along with a focus on sustainable design solutions will equip you with professional skills and knowledge for a career as a garden designer or progression to landscape architecture.
16 Modules (8 per level all at 15 credits) include:
- Academic Skills Development
- Principles of Botany
- Plant Biogeography
- Design Project
- Visual and Design Communication
- Design History and Context
- Site Assessment
- Design Principles, Ideas and Concepts
- Specialist Project
- Conservation Management
- Project Management
- Landscape Materials
- Historic Garden Restoration
- Planting Design and Specification
- Contemporary Design Project
- Work Based Learning for Academic Credit
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
Year 1: 28% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 330 hours
Independent Study: 870 hours
Year 2: 23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 279 hours
Placement: 144 hours
Independent Study: 777 hours
Class sizes are on average between 5-12. Shared modules sessions are on average between 15-25.
Percentage of course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided four working weeks after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. These could include a range of qualifications such as:
- PA1 / PA6 safe use of pesticides training
- First aid
- Health and safety (Reaseheath Certificate)
Timetables will be distributed during the induction week.
Delivery is likely to be on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Students undertake a credit-based work placement to further enhance the development of professional knowledge. Delivery for this module will take place across the academic year. Students will be tasked to secure a placement during the period from October to March and a work placement induction week will take place the first week following the Easter break to provide students with an overview of placement requirements and responsibilities. The placement period will take place over 5 weeks following the induction week. Is it the responsibility of the student to identify and secure a suitable placement and to finance any associated costs. However some guidance may be sought for the course team.
- Minimum of 64 UCAS Points
- A Levels
- Access to HE Diploma
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis and substantial work experience will be considered, as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications.
- Top-up year in BSc Hons Landscape Architecture
There are a range of employment opportunities in heritage horticulture including historic garden restoration, historic garden management and horticultural education and interpretation officers in a diverse range of settings including local authorities, private gardens, National trust properties, and charitable trusts.
- Landscape design
- Garden design
- Landscape contractor
- Amenity technical officer
- Landscape management.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in either 2017/18 or 2018/19 are £7,860. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
As part of your experience on the programme, you will need to set aside a budget for:
- The cost of travel to sites and occasional day trips and off site projects
- The study tour, which will normally require around £350-£400 for travel and accommodation, in addition to daily expenses
- Printing, binding, modelmaking, drawing equipment, portfolios and associated stationery costs approximate £300-£550
- Materials for the final exhibition, which may be up to £250
- Costs associated with a placement, travel, accommodation, materials etc.
Students will require drawing equipment for the duration of the course. A list of essential and recommended materials will be supplied prior to enrolment.
Membership of the Landscape Institute – £30 (1st June-31st May)
British Association of Landscape Industries – £15 per annum.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before the 31st July 2018. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS www.ucas.com. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
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